A Few Tips by a Willow Park Calgary Dental Experts to Maintain Your Periodontal Health

Periodontal disease is very common and is the primary contributor to tooth loss. It results from a serious infection of the gums and results in loss of gum tissue, infection, and loss of teeth. Periodontal disease can even lead to infection of the jawbone and loss of bone material. Good periodontal health helps ensure your teeth and gums last a lifetime.

At its root, periodontal disease is caused by accumulations of a sticky film of bacteria on the gums and teeth called plaque. These bacteria produce toxins as part of their life-cycle which irritate and inflame gum tissue. This condition known as gingivitis becomes full-blown periodontitis if left untreated.

Healthy gums are essential to healthy teeth. Poor gum health will result in tooth loss, so what are some great ways to prevent periodontal disease?

  1. Visit your dentist at Willow Park Dental, in Calgary SE Alberta T2J 6A5 for twice-yearly One of those visits needs to be a comprehensive exam of your teeth and gums.
  2. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Brushing gets rid of plaque before it turns into tartar, a hard material that only a professional teeth cleaning can remove. The unchecked accumulation of tartar leads to gingivitis, which often leads straight to periodontitis. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist.
  3. Make sure the dental products you use combat gingivitis. Products that fight gingivitis say so on the packaging.
  4. Recognize warning signs of gingivitis. Swollen gums that bleed easily are a big tipoff that gingivitis is getting established in your gums. Receding gums, bad breath or loose teeth are also indicators of periodontal disease. Make an appointment immediately with Willow Park Dental, in Calgary, SE Alberta T2J 6A5 if you see these signs.
  5. If you smoke, quit. Smoking dries the mouth and contributes to plaque accumulation by preventing saliva from washing away bacteria.

When you need a dentist in Calgary SE, AB T2J 6A5, visit our dental experts at Willow Park Dental or call us at (1) 403-278-5656.